In the hills above bustling San José, amid bright bromeliads and trees festooned with epiphytes, Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn is a welcome retreat where art and nature meet haute cuisine. Around every corner there’s a whimsy or wonder that is uniquely Costa Rican: a mural of tropical blooms, a waterfall tumbling amid lush vegetation, a cacophony of birdsong, an incredible cup of coffee. Exploring the grounds is like visiting an outdoor museum, where everything down to the recycling bins is a work of art. But the goosebump-inducing moments happen at the acclaimed bar and restaurant, set on terraces with breath-catching views of the volcano-ringed Valle Central. It’s here that a Cordon Bleu-trained chef dishes up exquisite fare that will take you beyond your wildest Costa Rican culinary dreams.
It takes a vivid imagination to see a muddy motocross field near a busy city and envision a lush paradise. Sylvia Jampol had that vision, and set out back in the 1980s to build a house and revive this patch of the highlands. When a 30-acre plot next door went on the market, she snatched it up to protect it from development, and instead established an organic coffee plantation where birds and bananas play a part in a successful crop.
Along with exceptional coffee and about 7,000 trees, Sylvia brought a sense of community to this land, hiring exclusively from the area and developing relationships with schools and residents in the surrounding villages. They filled Finca Rosa Blanca with art and joy and a distinctly Costa Rican spirit, and the result is an enchanting retreat where you will want to stay longer than you had planned.
Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic expedition. At Finca Rosa Blanca, National Geographic guests are invited to participate in an in-depth coffee roasting experience with our on-site coffee expert. Discover the intricacies of attaining a perfect roast with our master roaster and then learn to cup coffee with an expert to understand the subtleties of a fine coffee bean. This experience is offered in conjunction with a tour of the coffee farm.
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